NIGERIA is "the Giant of Africa", where Conservatives rule over the biggest economy on the continent and one of the largest and youngest populations in the world.

"What if the people wanted something different? What if they got it?" asks Oladipo Agboluaje in his political satire New Nigerians, now on tour after its premiere at the Arcola Theatre, in Hackney, London.

Rosamunde Hutt's production visits the York Theatre Royal Studio from Wednesday to Saturday,full of questions. "As time runs out to build a coalition, can Greatness Ogholi win power without losing his integrity? Could this the beginning of a new Nigeria?" ponders Agboluaje, winner of the Alfred Fagon award for playwriting.

The hopeful and humorous New Nigerians is described as "a satirical take on Nigerian politics bringing an energy and exuberance to the British stage, drawing on rich influences of African theatre – immediacy, audience engagement, improvisation – but also providing sharp-eyed comment on contemporary issues to be found in current UK and global political discourse".

Agboluaje has written 15 plays, teaches African and Post-Colonial Drama at Goldsmiths College, London, and is a Royal Literary Fellow at the University of Greenwich. He has lectured to many organisations on race, gender, performance and playwriting, has worked in a wide range of community settings and was writer in residence for a year at the Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.

Tickets for Arcola Theatre's 7.45pm evening performances and 2.30pm Thursday and 2pm Saturday matinees are on sale at £16 on 01904 623568 or at